ANNOUNCEMENT: The First Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon!

Well, after the last couple posts I simply can’t hold it in any longer!  My friends, I am thrilled to announce:

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Buster Keaton. The solemn-faced little man in a flat hat. The multi-talented performer. The incomparable filmmaker. The humble, hardworking man who loved to make people happy. He’s inspired countless filmmakers, has brought joy to several generations, and is probably the main reason why I’m typing this on my silent film-related blog right now. If anyone deserves his very own blogathon event, it’s the legendary Keaton.

…And heck yes, it’s going to be an annual event!

When: Sunday, February 8 and Monday, February 9, 2015.

Where: Right here on Silent-ology!

How: To sign up, pick a Keaton film/topic to write about then leave a comment on this post. You can also send me a message (don’t forget to include your name and the address of your blog!). Let me know whether you want to post on Sunday or Monday, otherwise I can schedule you. During the blogathon itself, when you publish your post leave me a comment or message with your link. There are some banners below to stick onto your blog–please help get the word out about this event!

What to write about: Anything and everything Buster Keaton! He had a long and busy career, spanning from vaudeville all the way up to 1960s T.V. commercials, so there’s a load of films to choose from. There are the early Comique shorts, his own classic shorts and features, MGM features, Educational shorts, Columbia shorts, appearances in films like Sunset Boulevard and Limelight, numerous T.V. appearances…well, you get the picture. Here’s his filmography for more ideas.


  • Yes, I’m afraid I’m having a “no duplicates” rule. Otherwise we might end up with fifteen The Generals and six Limelights. If there’s a film you really want to cover, act fast! (Keep in mind that this blogathon will be an annual thing, so if the film you wanted is taken you always have another chance next year!).
  • You can, however, choose more than one film if you want to do a compare/contrast sort of article.
  • Do you want to write about a topic that’s not necessarily a film? Go right ahead! For instance, you could write about Keaton’s time in vaudeville, his stuntwork, how his films have influenced other filmmakers, etc. Heck, you could have 3,000 word Chaplin vs. Keaton essay if you want, don’t care–as long as it’s thoughtful!
  • Want to write about someone who worked with Keaton? That’s welcome too, as long as it relates to their contributions to his work. People like Virginia Fox, Big Joe Roberts, Eddie Cline, Clyde Bruckman, and Snitz Edwards are good examples (ooo, Snitz Edwards! Someone claim him, quick!).
  • Let’s make Buster proud! There’s quite a bit of dubious information out there about his life (particularly his private life) so let’s do our best to wade through the rumors and find the most reliable info we can. Let’s make him, well, smile. *wink*


Silent-ology | A Country Hero 

MovieMovieBlogBlog | Sherlock Jr.

Nitrate Glow | Our Hospitality

Outspoken and Freckled | Seven Chances

BOOKSTEVE’S LIBRARY | Early 1960s T.V. appearances

Moon in Gemini | Twilight Zone episode “Once Upon a Time”

My Classic MoviesThe Villain Still Pursued Her

Silence is PlatinumThe Cameraman

Wide Screen World | Steamboat Bill Jr.

Black Coffee Comedy | Good Night, Nurse!

Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog | Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Caftan Woman | Neighbors

Public Transportation Snob | Daydreams

MovieFanFare A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Silver Screen Suppers | Keaton’s chop suey recipe

Girls Do Film | Keaton’s development as a screen artist in his 1917-1923 shorts

Silents, Please!One Week

Marty Jones | The origin of the name “Buster”

Critica Retro | Speak Easily

Silver ScreeningsGo West

Mildred’s Fat BurgersThe Cook

Once Upon a Screen | What! No Beer?

Tom Hopkins | The Awakening T.V. episode

Second Sight Cinema | The General

Sister Celluloid | Childhood memories of Buster’s films

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest | Sunset Blvd. and In the Good Old Summertime

In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The Navigator

The Big V Riot Squad | The Keaton family in vaudeville

Movies Silently | Contemporary views on Keaton films compared to 1920s reviews


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85 thoughts on “ANNOUNCEMENT: The First Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon!

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  2. Dang, I wanted Seven Chances! That was my very first silent film, and I remember laughing until my stomach ached.

    I’ll do the Twilight Zone episode instead. Even though I’m crushed. 🙂

  3. Off the top of my head…I could write about Keaton’s TV commercial for Shamrock Gasoline (I knew the director) or about his use of multiple cranking speeds in creating silent film comedy.

  4. Parlor Bedroom & Bath – not a great story for Buster or a masterpiece along the lines of The General or Our Hospitality by any means, but absolutely hilarious whenever Buster and Charlotte Greenwood are together onscreen.

  5. Great blogathon – I can’t wait!!! Could I write an overarching piece about Buster’s shorts between 1917 & 1923, discussing how they set the foundation/relationships for his future career? Hopefully there won’t be too much overlap.
    (and please could I post on the Saturday?!)

  6. Hi Lea,

    I’d like to jump aboard this train. I’m knee deep in working on a project about silent comedians and have been sidetracked with some consuming research into the origin of the name/word “Buster.” My dilemma–although I have a full month to resolve it–is that I don’t currently have a blog. But if you are requiring one for anticipation purposes I could revive an older, discontinued blog title “Civil Warped.” (It’s was an attempt at a humor site about the 150th anniversary of the civil war). Perhaps I’ll just post it there–If I can remember my password!

    Anyway, put me down for “The origin of the name ‘Buster.”

  7. Oh. My. God. This is wonderful! I can’t wait for this blogathon!
    Put me up for Speak Easily, please! I’m Le from the blog Critica Retro.

  8. Hi! Hope I can still join this. Not sure where I’ve been to have missed this announcement! If possible I’d like to tackle WHAT! NO BEER? (1933).

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,

    Once Upon a Screen (

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  10. Hey! How wonderful, would love to get in on this… If nobody has (I don’t see it on the sked or comments above), I would love to do The General. And if it has been claimed (hard to believe it hasn’t), The Navigator. … or possibly a piece comparing Keaton’s daredevil comedy with Harold Lloyd’s, differences in their personal physical style…

      • Well, that’s a fine how-do-you do! Thank you kindly, looking forward to this so much… I’d like to post on Sunday the 8th if that’s okay. Have a swell evening!

  11. Dear Lea,

    This may be an odd request and I totally understand if it doesn’t fit in with your plans but could I do my childhood memories of Buster? I first “met” him on public TV, where they used to show bad prints of lots of his films (I assume because they were affordable with not a lot of fees!). I promise not to make it to “me-y.” I really can’t stand stuff like that. Anyway, if it’s not a good fit, don’t worry about it!! I really am looking forward to reading these!!

    • Oh certainly, that’s perfect! A good variety of topics is very much encouraged–even ones with personal touches. Glad you’re officially part of the blogathon, the response to it has been really exciting!

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